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 Renewing our CIVIL SOCIETY

Community Service-Learning

FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, Community Service-Learning at JMU has led higher education in a model so effective that other universities strive to duplicate it.


Life-changing opportunities for visionary investors: Investing in Community Service-Learning leverages the strengths of thousands of students and dozens of communities. Your help contributes to transforming students and communities.

Numerous programs with transformative impact can carry your name when you support them with a leadership gift, including such high-profile efforts as our overall endeavor, the Alternative Break Program, the signature Madison Community Scholars program, and other long-standing, high-impact programs like May New Orleans Katrina Relief Break and our breaks to longstanding partners in North Carolina, California and Missouri.

Providing scholarships, stipends and operational funds means more JMU students can put their powerful education to work in communities at home and abroad through Alternative Service Break; support Service-Learning Coordinators who perform the complex logistical work among professors, students and community/global leaders to put our solutions into practice; and add more Madison Community Scholars with long-term assignments to help build capacity for a local nonprofit.

Investments that create stipends and awards can support professors who want to develop courses with a service-learning component, fund innovation, and travel to present and learn at national service-learning conferences. Faculty Fellows serve as liaisons who enhance service-learning in their academic departments by providing training, delivering support and connecting the research and expertise of their faculty peers to community partners in search of solutions.

Your investment can fund opportunities for select community partners to spend six to eight hours a week on campus each year as Community Innovators-in-Residence to meaningfully connect their community projects to students’ essential learning outcomes.


So much more than random acts of kindness or charity work, service-learning is community leadership rooted in hands-on service. JMU's CS-L students learn to employ critical thinking, empathy and innovation to implement solutions on the ground. They appy these lessons in real time and for a lifetime.



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